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Habits 2 Goals: The Habit Factor® Podcast with Martin Grunburg | Goal Achievement, Productivity & Success – Simplified

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Jun 29, 2016

In this episode Martin recounts the classic parable about a Chinese Farmer.

As you listen to the story it becomes easy to see how we, like the neighbors in the story, are intent on labeling events either "good" or "bad", "fortunate" or "unfortunate".

The parable though teaches us to withhold immediate judgement and cautions us at the same time to allow events to play out further.

Martin recalls a similar story when an entrepreneur within a group he was coaching/mentoring was ecstatic about finally making the perfect hire after months of frustration and struggle including dozens of interviews.

Finally, the entrepreneur updated Martin with a text saying that he had made what he believed was the perfect hire!

A month later though as the group reconvened, the entrepreneur shared that the new hire had only lasted a couple days and then quit.

The question for us is, what events are transpiring in your life, at the moment, that appear unfavorable?

And, like the wise Chinese farmer can you ask yourself if perhaps the event rather deserves a "maybe" response. As in, maybe it's unfortunate and maybe it's fortunate.

The idea is to get our minds to this place of "maybe" particularly when things don't go our way. Could it in fact be a "maybe"? Can you look for the seeds of opportunity in each perceived setback?

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Resources

Chinese Farmer as told by Alan Watts [Youtube]

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 27, 2016

"Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage." Anais Nin

If we're not growing we're probably slowly dying. Sounds like a painful cliche but there is ample truth to the statement. The root or foundation of growth in personal all development can be traced to what Aristotle deemed the "mother" of all virtues—courage. 

We have reviewed courage many times on this podcast. And, it's important to remember that any virtue is simply a habit long sustained. Nobody is born virtuous and therefore we know that courage habit can be cultivated like any other habit and ultimately become a virtue.

But how and where can we apply Anais' quote to our lives?

Martin poses questions like this:

If you learned a new skill would that make life expand or contract? Would that take courage?

If you volunteered for a leadership position at work or at a local non-profit would that make life expand or shrink? Would that take courage?

If you set and went after your big, improbably goal? Do you think life would expand? Would that take courage?

So, the question for you to ponder is, "Where (what aspect of your life) can you be more courageous?"

"Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others." ~Aristotle

Check it out — listen to today's episode and see how changing your dialogue with yourself changes your attitude and your output!

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 24, 2016

"We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are." ~Anais Nin

When people talk about shifting their paradigm it might sound corny, or perhaps trendy, or both.

The importance of shifting one's paradigm particularly when it comes to self-imposed limitations or limiting beliefs can not be overstated. In fact, Einstein once said you can't solve a problem using the same level of thinking that created the problem and that is precisely the value of a paradigm shift.

Martin provides the example of how The Habit Factor, itself, by exploring the subject of HABIT very deeply helped to shift people's paradigms about habit. And in particular, how habit  helps to drive goal achievement.

He even shares the example of Apple's "Think Different" campaign which was their way to underscore Apple's belief that a computer isn't a computer (as we know it) but rather an extension of our personality, how we work and even in many ways could be viewed as art.

Martin also recounts a great story, originally shared by the late Dr. Stephen Covey, that provides a dramatic example of a powerful a paradigm shift can be!

The key is to understand that paradigms are forged by our values, past experiences and our habitual thinking and knowing that, we have the capacity to shift them if we're willing.

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The Habit Factor app

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 22, 2016

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau

In this episode Martin revisits this quote by the famous essayist — a quote that sent him on a journey of personal discovery and analysis about the enigma that is "success".

In this famous quote Henry David Thoreau points out with great assurance that, "he WILL meet with a success in common hours". Notice that HDT doesn't say he "might" or that he "could" but that he "WILL"!

After years of analysis and reaffirming this statement, Martin has settled on much the same truth. That success is not a destination but a realization along the journey and is experienced as one pursues their ideal future confidently.

It seems that it is only when one advances confidently toward their dreams and works hard realize the life that they have imaged that the improbable happens — that they are met with the feeling of success in "common" hours.

HDT's formula is crystal clear:

1) have an ideal vision, a dream to pursue

2) work hard to achieve it

3) move confidently every day toward it

When you can check off those three boxes each and every day you will meet with a success in common hours.

Check out this episode and be sure to share this Mind Bullet Wednesday!

 

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Resources

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 20, 2016

"As long as you are above ground, these are ALL things you 'Get to do!'"

How we talk to ourselves determines a vast majority of what we do and do not do.

The language that we use often creates resistance. So, then what happens? Well, we know what we need to do but still don't do it.

What are the chances that some of that resistance is simply tied to the language that we use?

In this episode Martin begins by asking you to imagine you both work at the same company and he get to "tell you what you have to do". Doesn't sound too pleasant does it?

Yet, many of use will go through each day saying that exact statement to ourselves, things like; "I have to pay my bills". "I have to go to the gym." "I have to get the car washed." "I have to go to school" etc.

A subtle and significant shift takes place when we revisit our language and change the way we talk to ourselves. Simply saying, "I get to pay my bills." "I get to go to the gym" etc. will reduced our reluctance to do them!

What are you telling yourself "you have to do" and how easily can you make that shift?

Check it out — listen to today's episode and see how changing your dialogue with yourself changes your attitude and your output!

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 17, 2016

"There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.” ~Albert Einstein

What is the difference between the superconscious and the subconscious?

When a problem is well defined it seems that when we are relaxed, and in a subconscious, habitual state that we make that "leap in consciousness" that Einstein talks about.

Einstein calls it a "leap" in consciousness and many theorize that is exactly what it is. But the "how" and the "why" may in fact be related to the subconscious and in particular HABIT.

Many personal development greats like Brian Tracy and Napoleon Hill (video link below) have also termed this the "God-Mind" and "Infinite Intelligence". Whatever you call it, it's a powerful aspect to one's creativity and it appears to be most often fostered when we are performing habitual activities such as; brushing our teeth, showering, shaving, driving, etc.

In this episode Martin uses the "three-layer cake" analogy and shares his experience and insights regarding the matter.

There is a power above and behind us and we are the channels (conduit) of its communication." ~Emerson

Check out this short FAF episode... and SUBSCRIBE now to get these episodes automatically on your device!

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Resources

Infinite Intelligence by Napoleon Hill (YouTube)

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 15, 2016

A diamond in the rough doesn't look like a diamond and that's an important point to remember.

In this episode Martin revisits a timeless classic from the personal development archives, "Acres of Diamonds" by Russell Conwell.

Russell Conwell shares the story of an African farmer who becomes excited about the prospect of finding a fortune of diamonds elsewhere. He hurriedly sells his farmland and heads out to seek his treasure.

After years of searching, dejected, despondent and alone, he ultimately kills drowns himself.

The moral to the story is timeless, that our real fortunes lie within. That we already have a fortune within our selves as long as we are willing to take the time to refine our skills and character.

Check out this episode and be sure to share this Mind Bullet Wednesday!

 

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Resources

Acres of Diamonds (Amazon)

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 13, 2016

"The key is tricking yourself to move quadrant two items to quadrant one whenever possible."

This episode Martin revisits Stephen Covey's classic Effectiveness or Time Management Grid.

Many of us become great at "getting stuff done" (GTD) the only challenge is that often it's NOT the the important stuff that, in the long run, will make us feel content, accomplished and like we've lived a life that was worth living.

All too often that "stuff" resides in quadrant one as Dr. Covey points out yet, it's quadrant #2 as Covey defines it, where things the important but not urgent items are that have the most value to us.

What sort of things can be found in quadrant #2?

-Planning and strategy
-Setting a vision
-Exercising
-Reading to your children
-Vocation
-Prevention
-Long-Term Goals

Martin explores this idea that within his latest book, The Pressure Paradox™ one of the underlying themes was the importance to creating a sense of urgency (pressure) and how a key to being more effective is moving the those long-term goals into quadrant 1.

For instance, the book and even the app as well as goals like the Ironman and catalina classic were all quadrant #2 items. And, it was via the use of The Habit Factor that helped move those key behaviors (habits) into quadrant #1.

Check it out — listen to today's episode and see if you can't identify the important quadrant #2 items in your life and make sure you are tracking the important habits that will help you achieve your goals!

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***NEW Giveaway! Each week we select ONE, new iTunes review (good, bad or indifferent) and send a FREE signed book.

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 10, 2016

"Worrying is like paying interest on a loan that may never come due."

But, is there really no value in worrying?

It's a great question and one worth considering. What is the value of worry? Why have we been given this capacity to worry?  

It turns out that worry can be damaging and a great waste of time and energy. However, there are many instances where worry serves a tremendous purpose; to get us off our butts— to take action!

So how do you know which type of worrying is beneficial?

There are essentially two types of worry; things you can influence and control and things that you can not.

To worry about the weather next week is likely a waste of time and energy. However, when you worry about things that you can influence and it forces you to think and act resourcefully then the worry provides great value.

Examine your own worry patterns; when and where you place your time, energy and attention particularly when it comes to things beyond your sphere of influence.

The subject than reminds Martin about the old, “Serenity Prayer” that goes something like, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things i can not change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

There is a reason that is called the serenity prayer— knowing the difference helps one avoid worthless worry and at the same time can bring great peace and serenity.

After all, why pay interest on a loan that may never come due?

Check out this short FAF episode... and SUBSCRIBE now to get these episodes automatically on your device!

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How's your habit tracking going? Interested in joining our private accountability group? If so, visit: http://thehabitfactor.com/join

**NEW Weekly Giveaway! Each week we select ONE, new iTunes review (good, bad or indifferent) and send a FREE signed book. Either email the review screenshot or add your Twitter handle and we'll find you that way!

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Resources

Locus of Control

What to Worry About

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 8, 2016

"Comfort is the great enemy of success." ~Brian Tracy

In this episode Martin explores the upside and the downside of becoming conditioned.

In any environment over time (humans) become conditioned but it isn't just the environment that we become conditioned to. We are conditioned to our diets, to the amount of money we earn, to our friendship, professional and social circle. In fact, we are conditioned to our thinking (habituated) about things like how much money we can make, how strong we are, what we are good and bad at (our self-concept), etc.

The relationship between being "conditioned" and habit is hard to avoid and in psychology it's directly tied to habit formation; think Pavlov's dog, stimulus and response. It's difficult to imagine any person who is habituated to a "thing" and not at the same time conditioned to it.

The key is knowing that conditioning (all forms) can serve us as much as harm us— to use the power of conditioning to get stronger— physically, mentally and even emotionally. Therefore it's essential to continually test new boundaries and trust what was once uncomfortable will become comfortable.

Check out this episode and be sure to share this Mind Bullet Wednesday!

 

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Resources

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Jun 6, 2016

"Creativity takes courage." ~Henri Matisss

This episode may be the perfect follow-up to last Friday's Frequently Asked Friday (FAF), "What if I fail?"

With the thought of "failure" comes a lot of resistance that prevents many of us from ever getting started.

Similarly, when a person is considering taking on any creative endeavor, they often will unknowingly seek permission to begin— as though someone is going to grant them that ability.

What happens when you give yourself permission to:

-Take the first step
-Start that company
-Write that book
-Develop that app
-Start that blog
-Fail (at anything), etc.

Martin explores this idea that we (YOU) don't need permission from anyone to begin your creative project/endeavor NOW and recognizes that had he sought permission to write The Habit Factor® or The Pressure Paradox™ or develop his apps, he could have been waiting a lifetime.

The interesting thing is not only was nobody going to grant him permission but the impact that the book and app have had on thousands of people around the world would have never come to pass.

Check out today's episode and remove that last bit of resistance to get started today.

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***NEW Giveaway! Each week we select ONE, new iTunes review (good, bad or indifferent) and send a FREE signed book.

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Resources

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

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